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July 2019
Report from zm's Mission Director Mike Beresford


Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus

1 Thessalonians 5:18

zm has been working with partners in northern Mozambique for many years. Many Mozambicans from this area speak Chichewa, just like their Malawian neighbours from across the border. They also face the same challenges of poverty. Although the Zambezi Evangelical Church (ZEC) in Mozambique is independent of ZEC in Malawi, their churches look and feel very similar. Most of the ZEC churches in Mozambique weren't hit by the epicentre of Cyclone Idai in March. However, they lost 10 churches due to extreme rain and winds in the storms that preceded the cyclone. Mission Director Mike Beresford describes the highlights of his recent visit to Mozambique:

“Mozambique can be such a difficult place to get to. My visa was rejected in March: I was informed that my letter of invitation did not have the correct legal authorisation. This time my visa arrived just two days before I travelled. Getting the right paperwork in place is troublesome and stressful for me, but even more so for our local partners. I sometimes think, why bother? But every time I visit Mozambique, I am reminded how important it is for me to persevere with the mission's support for our partners there; and also how easy it is for us to become lazy about serving Christ – the issues we face are indeed light and momentary problems”.

“We had a wonderful visit to Mozambique in May. We were there for six days and visited more than ten churches. Some had faced great hardship – for example the churches at Mtengowabalame and Chikumba had collapsed in the March storms.


Mtengowabalame ZEC

But despite the difficulties that they have faced, we enjoyed great times of worship and fellowship together. These churches are so rural; yet, in every church we visited (whatever day it was) we held services of worship with hymns, prayers, choirs and preaching. Many lives were impacted over the six day period through the work of the Holy Spirit and the ministry of God's Word. There was such a sense of thanksgiving, even though many we met were facing great challenges”.


Ngalamano ZEC

“It was particularly good to spend time with all the leaders of ZEC in Mozambique. The picture shows them on the slopes next to the hilltop church of Mwanjete ZEC.


Left to right: Deputy Chairman Estavao Dzumani, Chairman Dinos Lokati,
General Secretary James Hamilton and his deputy Innocent Moffat

“One huge encouragement was being able to provide subsidised Bibles in Chichewa. We pay about £6 for each Bible through the Bible Society of Malawi, then the Mozambican believer is able to purchase their own Bible for just £1. It was such a thrill to see people crowding around the back of our vehicle after each service to buy their own Bible – often for the very first time”.


Bible Distribution at Ntachi ZEC

 

Mike has prepared a slideshow that gives us just a taste of his visit to Mozambique.

Click here to download

 

 

 
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